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Dave Matthews's Crush or Drew Barrymore's Pinot: Which Celebrity Wine to Bring to Your Holiday Dinner

It’s the holidays, which means it’s the time of the year when many of us will be turning to the bottle—either to complement our Christmas dinners or make it through our hometown visits. So what celebrity wine (because why drink a pleb wine when you have the celebrity option?) should you turn to first?

Beyond Weinstein: The Fraught History of the 'Casting Couch' and Hollywood Sexual Harassment

As sexual harassment and assault accusations mount against Harvey Weinsten, the old trope of the casting couch—a tidy way of referring to female actors sleeping with powerful producers to get better roles—has been once again brought into focus. But is the phrase itself merely a cute rephrasing of the abuse women…

A Veteran Entertainment Reporter Searches for God in Hell on Earth, A.K.A Hollywood

We’ve dedicated a couple episodes of DirtCast to Hollywood religions (listen to our episodes on Scientology and the rise and fall of Kabbalah here and here), but thus far we’ve yet to immerse ourselves in the fad religions ourselves. We’ll leave that to this week’s guest, E! News anchor and author of the new book The…

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Irene McGee Tells the True Story of The Real World: Seattle's 'Slap Heard 'Round the World'

In 1997, Irene McGee—a college student at Georgetown—applied on a whim and was cast on The Real World: Seattle, the seventh season of the pioneer MTV reality show that featured “seven strangers picked to live in a house and have their lives taped.” Little did she know that the two months she spent living on Pier 70…

After Allegations of Misconduct, What on Earth Will This Season of Bachelor in Paradise Look Like?

For the first time ever, ABC’s Bachelor spinoff Bachelor in Paradise is getting people to take it seriously. To the show’s discredit, this was accomplished through dark and unethical circumstances when two contestants’ alcohol-infused sexual encounter (not a first for BiP) lead to an internal investigation and bigger…

Madonna Had Guy Ritchie Circumcised, and Other Rumors and Relics of the 2000s Celebrity Kabbalah Boom

In the early 2000s, Hollywood was seized by a new (and at the same time, very very old) spiritual fad: Kabbalah, an ancient Jewish mysticism that previously could only be studied by older Orthodox men who had devoted their lives to Judaism. Lindsay Lohan and Paris Hilton are not older Orthodox men, but that didn’t…